BACOLOD City, Aug. 16, 2016- In a message after his reception as Bacolod’s new bishop the Bishop Patricio Buzon said he was overwhelmed by the welcome of the people.
“Ang inyo pagbaton, tama ka init! From Tanulo Bridge, to the time I entered the parish in Hinigaran and up to the Bacolod Cathedral, your welcome is just so overwhelming,” said the prelate.
“I think only Bacolod can afford a welcome that is so warm, so loving, so extraordinary,” the added Buzon.
The liturgical and civic reception of the newly-installed bishop began on Aug. 8 with a symbolic foot-marking ceremony at the Tanulo Bridge in Hinigaran at 1.30 p.m.
The foot-marking ceremony, or the crossing of the ecclesiastical boundaries, signifies the first step of the bishop into his new diocese.
Upon entering the diocese the new prelate was welcomed at the Sta. Maria Magdalena Parish in Hinigaran with a symbolic turn-over of the Diocesan Seal by Vicar General Msgr. Louie Galbines and other members of the Bacolod clergy.
This was followed by a caravan from Hinigaran to the San Sebastian Cathedral. Parishioners and students from various Catholic schools and universities lined the streets to greet their new bishop.
Treasures of the Church
At the arrival at the San Sebastian Cathedral, Buzon was welcomed with the singing of the Te Deum, a traditional Latin hymn of praise.
The Cathedral’s rector, Fr. Felix Pasquin, presented a crucifix to the new bishop for veneration. This was followed by the presentation of the “treasures” of the Church: the beggars, the poor, the street children, and the youth.
At 6:00 p.m. Bishop Buzon, the members of the clergy, and the faithful joined in the solemn vespers at the San Sebastian Cathedral. A civic reception and welcome dinner followed at 7 p.m. at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)